“Nightmare” experience moving farm products through California ports right now

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I’m Clinton Griffiths with today’s AgDay Minute.

A “nightmare” that’s what agricultural exporters say they’re experiencing trying to move farm products right now through California ports. A surge in cargo volumes, a reduced port workforce, and other problems have contributed to a shortage in shipping containers. Shippers trying to export California crops and commodities say they’ve experienced canceled bookings, increased costs, and concerns about lost business. They fear the problems may not ease for weeks or even months.

And the shipping issues are not good news if you enjoy that morning cup of coffee. It’s reported coffee supplies in the U.S. are shrinking and wholesale prices are surging due to the global shortage of shipping containers. Coffee stockpiles have sunk to a six-year low in the U-S even though Brazil has a record crop. Experts say shipping costs have more than doubled from Latin America.

One thing Americans have been loading up on meat. New data shows meat grocery sales soared by 20-percent from 20-19 to 2020. The North American Meat Institute, also saying that three out of every four Americans agree meat belongs in healthy, balanced diets. That’s up nearly 20-percent since last year. And nearly all American households, more than 98-percent, purchased meat last year.

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